The Independent Global Stocktake (IGST), West Africa has been launched in Ouagadougou.  After a successful organization of six (6) national workshops across West Africa,  to co-design the roadmap of the operationalization of the West African regional hub in the last three months, members of the iGST West Africa Regional Hub  have met in in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso to validate the compiled operational document of the Hub. The validation workshop then paved the way for the official launch of the Hub.

Speaking at the opening session of the event,  the Executive Director of WASCAL, Dr. Moumini Savadogo said, “The  iGST Hub is a clear demonstration that non-party stakeholders, the civil society organizations including experts and scientists have a fundamental role to play in the fight against climate change, and specifically in helping assess our progress and identifying the challenges and opportunities for accelerated climate actions, and working together to propose solutions pathways to 2030 and beyond”.

Throwing more light on the expected contribution of non-party stakeholders, he said, “Their contribution will help countries to update and strengthen their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to climate change action and support, as well as to enhance international cooperation for climate action, particularly in achieving the Paris Agreement’s objectives”.

Representative of the Ministry of Environment, Water and Sanitation of Burkina Faso, Dr. Diallo Denis praised the major milestone in West Africa, He appreciated d WASCAL and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSCIR) the success while looking forward to seeing the hub helping strengthen the Nationally Determined Contributions to climate change and support.

The newly launched Hub is now set to roll out the set of activities outlined for this year to prepare for the upcoming Third Technical Dialogue of the first Global Stockate, the African Climate Weeks, and the COP28.

The iGST WA Hub formation and operationalization project is funded by ClimateWorks Foundation and is coordinated by WASCAL and CSIR (South Africa).